Career Transitions Forum
The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.
Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.
Free Career Advising
Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class.
To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Here are details on our current panel of advisors:
Al Rankin: has been involved as a leader and/or advisor of CTF and its predecessors since 2008. Over a long career, he headed corporate communications for Marriott International and 3 other NYSE companies in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas. His experience ranges from branding and media relations to stakeholder and crisis communications, including speechwriting and non-profit development. In 2016, he joined Fonville Morisey Realty as a Realtor. He holds B.J. and M.A. degrees from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Peter Large: Peter has been working with Career Transitions since 2012 assisting people with resume reviews, networking strategies, and interview preparation. Peter is a retired IBM Project Executive, where he held various sales and sales management positions prior to serving as Practice Leader for a software integration services business focused on the retail sector. Peter has expertise in business management, customer relationships and project management. He has a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Joy Hodge: a thought leader in career and talent management, with over 20 years’ experience designing innovative strategies, products and solutions to boost the effectiveness of leaders, managers, employees, and organizations. Joy directly impacted business results, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and retention at Fidelity Investments and GlaxoSmithKline, and gained deep experience in managing HRD product development teams at Global Knowledge. She has advanced degrees in Adult Education and Learning and Development from NC State University.
Prashant Pandya: is a Senior Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner who helps guide individuals, families, trusts, and business owners towards achieving their financial goals and dreams. Areas of expertise include investments, taxes, retirement, insurance and estate planning. Prashant is also a Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor who can assist with 401K retirement plans and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. Prior to working in financial services, Prashant worked with IBM in various hardware and software architecture, consulting and management roles.
Lara Gardner: is Technical Group Recruiting Manager at BB&T and served in a similar role at IBM. She manages a team of 4-6 technical recruiters and has direct experience with recruiting and hiring, as well as setting recruiting strategies and serving as the executive recruiter for senior technical leadership positions within BB&T.
Claire Boland: Claire has held numerous HR leadership roles at both small and large fortune 500 companies within banking, life sciences, and manufacturing arenas. She has worked extensively in talent identification and employee development to help develop employee strengths, skill gaps, and development opportunities. Currently, she splits her time between HR consulting with global companies and with Right Management, where she works with candidates in transition.
Rachel Cox: Rachel cultivates and develops people, helping them leverage their strengths through training and coaching. For the past 6 years, she has been a Coach with The Entrepreneur's Source and volunteers with Dress for Success, the Better Business Bureau, and American Corporate Partnership. She comes from the hospitality and event planning industry. During her career, she rebranded 2 hotels to improve market share. she was a Regional Director over 13 markets across the nation and a General Manager for 9 years, orchestrating $5M budgets. She has launched 2 startups - a vending model and a web-based model. She also created a women's networking group called "Women in the Workforce."
Schedule of Events
May 9 | Al Rankin | Win Behavioral Interviews through Powerful Stories (MEETING IN CHAPEL)
Telling memorable stories based on your real-life experience is a critical tool for successfully dealing with the real world of demanding job interviews and vital networking efforts. Join Al Rankin, senior communications executive, who will discuss how you can put these “power stories” to work for you.
Recruiters and employers (including many Triangle companies) increasingly have adopted “behavioral” interview techniques. From analyzing your “elevator pitch” to focusing many questions, interviewers seek specifics about what you actually did, why you did it, and how it affected people and the business. That is why the PARs formula [Problem/Opportunity, Action, Result] has proven successful for job seekers who know how to employ it.
Now a CTF advisor, Al Rankin was a founder and longtime co-leader of CTF. He headed corporate communications for Marriott International as well as 3 other NYSE companies in Texas and the mid-Atlantic region. His expertise ranges from branding and media relations to stakeholder and crisis communications; from speechwriting to non-profit development. He holds B.J. and M.A. degrees from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
May 16 | Rachel Cox | Focus: How to Create Habits That Lead to Success
It is time to get focused on your future and let go of limiting beliefs? What things should you be doing to improve your current situation? Join Rachel Cox while we work on establishing goals and creating lasting habits that get results. Rachel cultivates and develops people, helping them leverage their strengths through training and coaching. For the past 6 years, she has been a Coach with the The Entrepreneur's Source and volunteers with Dress for Success, the Better Business Bureau, and American Corporate Partnership.
Rachel Cox comes from the hospitality and event planning industry. During her career, she rebranded 2 hotels to improve market share. she was a Regional Director over 13 markets across the nation and a General Manager for 9 years, orchestrating $5M budgets. She has launched 2 startups - a vending model and a web-based model. She also created a women's networking group called "Women in the Workforce."
May 23 | Ted Case | Demonstrate Your Leadership in the Interview Process
Most hiring today involves some level of evaluation of a prospect’s leadership abilities. During this session, you will learn a simple but dynamic way to demonstrate in the interview, that you are a dynamic leader. This approach will give you a way to stimulate and even guide conversation on topics that are important to your interviewer and you. Helping you to put your best leadership foot forward, this approach will also allow you to ask questions that will give you insight into the job and culture, so that you can better determine whether it is a job you want.
Ted Case is the President of Expanding Dynamics, Inc. and has spent the last eighteen years working with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams on developing individual and team leadership as a coach/consultant. Before that, he spent over twenty years as a restaurant and small food manufacturing business owner.
May 30 | Nellie Scott from SAS | Career Searching is a Competitive Sport
Knowing what you are selling (your skills and experience) and who you want to sell them to (your target companies) is a critical step in any job search. Come to Career Transitions Forum on June 1st for a conversation with Nellie Scott, a sales professional at SAS, to learn how to do this and more.
Nellie will discuss how to market yourself in the job search from the early stages of developing a plan to focus your efforts, through negotiating your job offer, as well as address other questions you may have about your job search efforts.
Nellie is currently Global Channel Development Manager with SAS, and has over 20 years of experience is sales, account management, and operations. She is a skilled leader and communicator with specialties in managing sales, strategic selling, partner management, team building, coaching and developing others, contract negotiating, problem resolution, and public speaking.
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HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search.
What our students are saying...
I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni
Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager. I am really excited! It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:
- Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
- Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now.
- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni